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Democratic Jr Senator; previously state Auditor:
Claire McCaskill on the Issues

Claire McCaskill on Abortion

  • Support embryonic stem cell research but not cloning. (Oct 2006)
  • Support a ban on partial-birth abortion. (Oct 2006)
  • Continue promising stem-cell research. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Budget & Economy

  • Take on sacred cows that gave us $8 trillion debt. (Oct 2006)
  • $300 billion in Iraq is a lot of money. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Civil Rights

  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)

Claire McCaskill on Corporations

No stance on record.

Claire McCaskill on Crime

  • Increase sentences for repeat violent criminals. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Drugs

  • National leader in the war on meth. (Dec 2005)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Education

  • Restore College Tuition Tax Credit as middle class tax break. (Jun 2006)
  • Expand pre-school and Head Start. (May 2006)
  • Expand Pell Grants and HOPE Scholarships. (May 2006)
  • Scholarships to fill science & math slots in public schools. (May 2006)
  • Education dollars wasted on bureaucracy. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Energy & Oil

  • Energy independence by 2020 via alternative fuels. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Environment

  • Enforce the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Families & Children

  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)

Claire McCaskill on Foreign Policy

  • Active role for US in solving Israeli/Palestinian conflict. (Oct 2006)
  • US should create respect abroad, not just fear. (May 2006)

Claire McCaskill on Free Trade

  • Supports fair trade which avoids shipping jobs overseas. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Ban Argentine meat imports to avoid foot & mouth disease. (Jul 2008)

Claire McCaskill on Government Reform

  • Ban lobbyist gifts to root out corruption. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports line-item veto to limit spending. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Gun Control

  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Health Care

  • Opposes annual limit on federal Medicare spending. (Sep 2006)
  • Expand Medicare for people, not for drug companies. (May 2006)
  • Negotiate for lower Rx prices and reimportation. (May 2006)
  • Uncovering Medicaid waste reduces cost of medicine. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)

Claire McCaskill on Homeland Security

  • Support surveillance with civil rights protection. (Oct 2006)
  • Republicans have not made us safer since 9/11. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Immigration

  • Building a border fence is a first step. (Aug 2006)
  • No amnesty for illegal immigrants; no guest workers. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Jobs

  • Raise the minimum wage. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 84.6% of 325 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Hastert should resign his speakership for a cover-up. (Oct 2006)
  • Lifelong Missouri resident from Missouri family. (Dec 2005)

Claire McCaskill on Social Security

  • Diverting revenue to private accounts eliminates guarantee. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Tax Reform

  • Estate tax repeal takes care of millionaires. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Claire McCaskill on War & Peace

  • Economic sanctions against Iranís nuclear program. (Oct 2006)
  • Talk to North Korea to renounce nuclear program. (Oct 2006)
  • Need to change course in Iraq. (Oct 2006)
  • Redeploy our troops in Iraq to Afghanistan to find bin Laden. (Oct 2006)
  • Define a plan for success in Iraq with a clear exit strategy. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)

Claire McCaskill on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.